Andreana Lefton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andréana Lefton is a writer and educator, focusing on human rights and creating spaces of refuge—in our homes and communities. As a documentary researcher, she has freelanced with The Guardian as well as NPR- and BBC-affiliates. She’s written for On Being, the United Nations, and many non-profit clients in the US, UK, Europe, and Middle East. All that she knows of garden care and interior design she learned from her artistic mother, Jacqueline. She now applies these skills to her life in Chattanooga, TN, where home is an urban art studio with books piled everywhere. Read more at www.aelefton.org and follow her on Twitter.

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AUGUST 23, 2019 | FRIDAY
Nails vs. Screws: When to Use Each Fastener

The unsung heroes of construction and carpentry, nails and screws are used to hold together everything from wooden house frames and flooring to outdoor decking and kitchen cabinetry. But ...

JUNE 5, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! The Standard Ceiling Height for Homes

Q: I’m in the planning stages of building my own home with the help of a trusted contractor. I want high ceilings, but I’m not sure what dimensions to ask for. Can you help?A: Congratulat...

APRIL 29, 2019 | MONDAY
Solved! The Best Kitchen Island Size

Q: My husband and I are designing our kitchen remodel ourselves. We definitely want a multi-purpose kitchen island, but our main question is: How big should the island be in proportion to...

FEBRUARY 28, 2019 | THURSDAY
The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl is the most popular form of resilient flooring (a category that also includes linoleum and cork) because it’s low-maintenance, water-resistant, cost-effective, and long-lasting. It ...

DECEMBER 11, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Clean Wallpaper

Is your wallpaper looking a little tired? Over time, dust and moisture can discolor, leaving papered walls dingier than the day they were covered. Wallpaper in the kitchen can become coat...

NOVEMBER 16, 2018 | FRIDAY
Stylish, Stain-Resistant, or Both: Which Type of Kitchen Sink Is Right for You?

If replacing a kitchen sink, you’ll think about style, size, and—perhaps most importantly—material. Some materials are highly durable and resistant to stains, scuffs, and scratches, while...

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
How To: Clean a Porcelain Sink

Maintaining a spotless porcelain sink will add charm and luster to your bathroom or kitchen—not to mention value to your home. This glass-based ceramic is fired at high temperatures, then...

NOVEMBER 13, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! How to Freshen Up a Smelly Fridge

Q: Every time I open the fridge, I get a whiff of sourness that I can’t identify. I’ve already cleaned out all the old leftovers, but this vaguely unpleasant odor remains. What can I do?A...

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 | THURSDAY
How To: Paint Behind a Toilet

The cramped space behind the toilet is a difficult portion of the bathroom to maintain, posing a challenge when it comes time to dust and an even larger one when repainting.  A toilet tan...

OCTOBER 30, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Check and Dispose of Old Antifreeze

Changing your antifreeze is an important part of preparing your car for cold weather. Antifreeze (also known as coolant and radiator fluid) is a liquid agent that prevents your engine fro...